Dec 19, 2012 5:30pm PST
of addressing gun violence, today, president obama said that the tragedy at sandy hook changed everything, and now focusing on these issues will be at the forefront of his agenda. the president promised action. >> so, i will use all the powers of this office to help advance efforts aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. we won't prevent them all, but that can't be an excuse not to try. >> reporter: he pledged that his administration would look at the mental health, education, cultural and gun control aspects of this tragedy. and to head the effort, he appointed vice president biden, an author of the 1994 crime bill, which contained a ban on some semiautomatic rifles. the team will report back by next month, the president said. the president hopes to capitalize from this national moment, when eve some pro-gun rights democrats are calling for change. today, he demanded congress take real action right now. ban the sale of high capacity ammunition clips. close the so-called gun show loophole that does not require background checks in many private sales. and ban the sale of what he call
Nov 30, 2012 5:30pm PST
, there are 12 named storms. this year, we had 19. among the monsters like isaac in the gulf and sandy in the east. tonight, abc's dan harris tells us what this means for the future. >> reporter: a surge of storms pummelling the american coastline. watch this year's busy hurricane season play out in just seven seconds. one storm, piling on after the other. leaving people whose lives were uprooted by sandy -- >> we are extremely, extremely frustrated. this is what you need to understand. >> reporter: -- coming to terms with the harsh new reality that may affect millions of americans who live near the water. >> it's not safe for us to live there. the next storm that hits, everybody is going to be vulnerable. >> reporter: for these people, meeting with government officials thursday night, today's hurricane season statistics are not just numbers. so, this year was bad and there's every reason to believe that next year, the year after and the year after that could be bad? >> i think it's pretty safe to expect continued years of busy hurricane seasons. >> reporter: so, what's going on here?